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Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services
Welcome to Berry Street
|Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877. |
We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.
Our greatest challenges today are:
|Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment |
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any complaints.
|Education, Training & Employment|
|Foster & Kinship Care|
Give Children in Care a Bright New Year
Help young people in Care by donating to our Bright New Year appeal. Funds raised will be directed to two vital programs that help children and young people in Care who have suffered from abuse, violence and neglect. Together with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation we aim to raise over $250,000 to fund our Leaving Care program and our Foster Care Camps. Any amount you give will make a huge difference to vulnerable children in our care. Make a donation today! Donate now
Become a Foster Carer - Open Your Heart And Home To A Child
Foster care is vital for young people who cannot live safely at home. However, Melbourne, Victoria is facing a foster care crisis. There are more foster carers leaving the care system than there are people applying to become foster carers and the need for carers is increasing.
We urgently need families like yours to provide emergency, respite, short and long term care for children and young people.
The Berry Street Childhood Institute presents a creative competition for young Australians
Competition opens 4 March and runs until 23 May 2014 Imaginate is a creative competition for young Australians aged 12 – 25.
Get involved. Express yourself and enter your artwork across 4 creative categories: Visual, Performance, Digital and Literacy.
For more information or to register check out www.imaginate.org.au or email us at
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News & Events
|Universal Children’s Day – We still have a long way to go|
|Today is Universal Children’s Day and the 24th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).|
A snapshot of last weeks’ news, however, suggests we still have a long way to go in Australia to ensure that all children are safe and have a good childhood... read more
|HEARTCORE project to launch with street art image in heart of CBD|
|In an Australian first, Berry Street and a street artist are collaborating to create a unique and heartfelt coffee-table book titled HEARTCORE, made up of creative writing and poetry from young people in the Berry Street School illustrated by photographs of street art images specially painted by renowned Victorian street and contemporary artist Kaff-eine. ... read more|
|The countdown to Christmas is on!|
|The countdown to Christmas is on, and at Berry Street we have launched our much loved and anticipated Berry Merry Christmas Gift Appeal!|
The aim: to get a few gifts to each of the nearly 2,000 children and young people we work with, for some it will be their first Christmas pressies.read more
|More information on Berry Merry.|
|Outstanding staff and volunteers celebrated at 135th Annual Celebration|
|As Victoria’s largest child and family welfare organisation, Berry Street is made up of a lot of amazing people and the most remarkable were recognised at the organisation’s 135th Annual Celebration on Monday 21 October.read more|